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Opening Film

With its breathtaking beauty, Transalpina is more than a spectacular roadway serpentining across the mountain. The age of the road connecting Transylvania with Walachia is counted in thousands of years.

Transalpina - The Road of Kings

Dumitru Budrala ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 41'

Mamma Mia - Motherhood today

A mother’s love, dedication and sacrifice are rarely questioned, but what role does a mother actually play? What is the meaning of motherhood. The films from this thematic sidebar come with a different approach. What happens when mothers are absent from their children’s lives, or when, for one reason or another, they can’t fulfil their role as a mother?

Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sarah became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband.

Exit

Katharina Woll ᛫ Germany, Israel ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 23'

This is a story about Julita, a matriarch whose three childhood wishes have been granted: lots of kids, a monkey, and a Spanish castle.

Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

Gustavo Salmerón ᛫ Spain ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 91'

When Steffan's mother died, he felt nothing. No sadness, no sense of relief. How did it come to this?

Night

Steffan Strandberg ᛫ Belgium, Norway, Sweden ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 64'

Raitis Ozols is a computer programmer and mathematician. In his private life, however, things seldom work out with much mathematical precision. His relationship with his mother Silvija is particularly complicated.

Solving My Mother

Ieva Ozolina ᛫ Latvia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 104'

Far-right near us

How far do tolerance and faith go and where does discrimination start? The authors of the films from the Far Right Near Us thematic sidebar try to help us discover the role that the lack of information and guidance can play among the young. Or how easy it is to manipulate the masses. These films also help us find a balance between patriotism and aggressive nationalism.

People living in a Dacian village, a group of Dacian mystics, the administrator of Sarmizegetusa Regia, the UNESCO site, and participants in Dacology congresses. They are all united by their passion for the Dacians - they are also divided by their perspective on this part of history that is increasingly popular in Romania...

Free Dacians

Andrei Gorgan, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 61'

"Whatever has happened to Greece?" wonders filmmaker Håvard Bustnes out loud at the start of this disturbing documentary

Golden Dawn Girls

Havard Bustnes ᛫ Denmark, Norway ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 94'

Religious fanaticism may take on different forms. While some people blow themselves up, others wear masks of Jesus Christ. The film portrays everyday life in Nebojsa, a village in South Slovakia on the border with Hungary

Havenofear

Jakub Gajdoš ᛫ Slovak Republic ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 14'

Long Live Bulgaria focuses on the revival of nationalism in Bulgaria. Over three years, the director followed the actions of several young people from Sofia, Stara Zagora and Plovdiv

Long Live Bulgaria

Adela Peeva ᛫ Bulgaria ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 55'

Meuthen's Party is a portrait of a provincial politician who doesn‘t shy away from spreading racist sentiments with a smile on his face

Meuthen's Party

Marc Eberhardt ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 93'

At first glance Peter lives the life of a typical European teenager - he lives with his parents, has a pretty girlfriend, he got into college. However, his real life is elsewhere - as the head of a paramilitary group called Slovenskí Branci

When the War Comes

Jan Gebert ᛫ Croatia, Czech Republic ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 74'

Dalibor is an amateur horror maker, a composer of angry songs, a painter and a radical neo-Nazi. He is approaching 40, but he is still living with his mother

White World According to Daliborek

Vít Klusák ᛫ Czech Republic ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 107'

#ourlivesonline

It seems our lives no longer belong to us in the virtual space, where we may continually be the target of a Big Brother watching us from above. As soon as we release something into the infinite Internet, through a simple mouse click, we can no longer control the consequences.

Find Fix Finish delves into the accounts of three United States military drone pilots as they tell the intimate story of the lives they observe on a day-to-day basis.

Find Fix Finish

Sylvain Cruiziat ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 19'

A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a Midwestern girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts - a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame - and they’ll do just about anything to get it.

Social Animals

Jonathan Green ᛫ USA ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 86'

Enter the industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital cleaners” among thousands of people whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net.

The Cleaners

Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck ᛫ Brazil, Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 88'

My origin/religion & I

Origin and identity shape the ways we see the world around us. They also serve as props for our sense of who we are and where we come from. But with so many variables involved, any dysfunction can throw the whole construction off-balance. The films in this sidebar center on the many ways in which origin and identity affect the lives of individuals and of families, sometimes for many generations.

Confused about his Jew-Arab origin, Tim can no longer take refuge in the imaginary cartoon world he has built for himself as a child. His decision to meet his Arab dad in the flesh leads to an emotional nosedive

5 Years After the War

Samuel Albaric, Ulysse Lefort, Martin Wiklund ᛫ France ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 17'

Under the guise of a hilarious behind the scenes shot on the set of an amateurishly made melodrama about the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, we are prompted to look in all seriousness at instances when people are persecuted for no other reason than their origin

If Only There Were Peace

Carmine Grimaldi, Deniz Tortum ᛫ Turkey ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 30'

A singular tattoo parlour in Jerusalem, two charismatic free spirited tattoo artists and a bunch of stories of Jerusalemites from all walks of life converge beautifully into an intricate cinematic design bound to remain tattooed on our brain

Ink of Yam

Tom Fröhlich ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 75'

An enthralling journey through almost eight decades reveals a woman's stubborn determination to reveal to the world the life story and the spectacular artistic legacy of her father, Imre Kinszki, a forgotten master of Hungarian photography, killed in a Nazi concentration camp

My father, Imre

Andreea ?tiliuc ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 38'

Ramallah: a filmmaker and her collaborator review footage and discuss how to put together a documentary about Palestinian culture

Remnants of a Conversation

Jules Leano ᛫ UK ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 16'

An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father

The Image You Missed

Donal Foreman ᛫ France, Ireland, USA ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 73'

A deeply personal journey amongst precepts of the catholic Church, voodoo beliefs and the national lottery in quest of the mysterious causes of the "illness of the soul" touching the inhabitants of Haiti, the paradisiacal "Pearl of the Antilles"

The sun will rise

Gessica Généus ᛫ France, Haiti ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 51'

Surviving My Homeland

Homeland is the perfect gadget for politicians. In their hands, it ceases to mean a haven of safety, comfort and cosiness, becoming an oppressive, even physically dangerous place. The films in the sidebar Surviving My Homeland look at the many ways in which twisted interpretations of "homeland" mutilate people’s lives simultaneously offering intimate cinematic accounts of their plight.

A Moldovan, a Transnistrian and a Russian soldier are standing guard at the riverbank. But where is the enemy?

Frozen Conflict

Steffi Wurster ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 60'

The mother is feeding great tits from the window of the high-rise building in Mariupol, Ukraine, and grows queen apples in her summerhouse near the battle line

Ma

Maria Stoianova ᛫ Ukraine ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 17'

After five months of the suffocating siege and daily bombings of the city of Aleppo, a group of children take it upon themselves to start painting colors in their city as a game in order to forget their daily struggles

One Day in Aleppo

Ali Al Ibrahim ᛫ Sweden, Syria ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 24'

The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new president, Vladimir Putin.

Putin's Witnesses

Vitaly Mansky ᛫ Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 102'

Social networks allow refugees to follow the actions and crimes happening in their countries in real time.

Sand and Blood

Matthias Krepp, Angelika Spangel ᛫ Austria ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

In the winter of 1991, a 12-year-old Serbian girl was murdered in Zagreb. 25 years later director Oliver Frljić is working on a theatre play about the case

Srbenka

Nebojsa Slijepcevic ᛫ Croatia ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 75'

Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the eastern part of Ukraine, a warzone that often echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. While many have already left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Simon Lereng Wilmont ᛫ Denmark, Sweden ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

The Arhuacos are the guardians of the forest and the ice of Colombia's highest mountain - the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. They draw from this unique environment a sustained and singular spirituality.

Thinking like a Mountain

Alexander Hick ᛫ Colombia, Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 93'

Tekoa is a Jewish settlement on the West Bank. None of the residents want to speak to the media. From the moment director Iris Zaki arrives from Tel Aviv, tension fills the air.

Unsettling

Iris Zaki ᛫ Israel, UK ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 70'

Beware! Driving while Parents!

Every child is influenced decisively by the relationship with his or her parents. The thematic sidebar Beware! Parents on Board! gathers films that explore the inner workings of family relationships and allow us to discover the consequences of the decisions of parents over their children’s destiny.

David Sieveking’s autobiographical documentary Family Shots tells the story of a loving couple and the challenges they face when their first baby is born. Confronted with the extensive vaccination schedule for newborns they realize they do not agree on this issue.

Family Shots

David Sieveking ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 93'

My son Carlos has been just born. He is the sweetest baby, but his grandmother does not like that he was born with a darker skin.

Film for Carlos

Renato Borrayo Serrano ᛫ Russia, Guatemala ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 31'

Zdzislaw Misiak, known as Dzidek, is the retired king of amusement parks. After his daughter's death, his 7-year-old grandson Hugo comes to live with him in one of the park's barracks.

Hugo

Wojciech Klimala ᛫ Poland ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 80'

Three generations of women live in an isolated village in the Danube Delta.

Marie

Leti?ia Popa ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 25'

Lane is a 25-year-old in the Canadian Navy who yearns to reunite with his estranged family after being excommunicated from their church when he was 18.

The Devil's Trap

Mitchell Stafiej ᛫ Canada ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 95'

Valea Jiului, a poor mining area in Romania. The locals leave to work abroad and, as a consequence to their search for a better life, their children are left behind.

Valea Jiului - Notes

Alexandra Gulea ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 13'

Vincenzo has always led a marginal existence. He is now 42 and has not seen his daughter, Yvonne, for a long time.

Yvonne

Tommaso Perfetti ᛫ France, Italy ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 60'

Challenged fates

Be it a larger divine force setting a path for us, the workings of history, the intricacies of culture and society, or even our impulses getting the best of us, the major directions of our lives we are pushed towards sometimes feel inescapable. In the grand scheme of things, they very seldom feel like our own and in some cases the fate "allotted" to us proves unbearably difficult. Extreme shifts of history, injustices or something in our very being weigh us down and apparently irreversibly alter the course our lives.

Unrequited love, passion, a desire to be one. Taken to the extreme

Caniba

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel ᛫ France ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

Although many decades have since passed, Love is Potatoes touches on a subject still very painful in the region, life under Stalin’s regime

Love Is Potatoes

Aliona van der Horst ᛫ Netherlands ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

Set in Canada, where many churches have been repurposed into clubs, apartment buildings or multimedia spaces, a vicar is relieved of his duties due to accusations of poor management

Ship of Gold

Siham Hinawi ᛫ Belgium, Canada ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 25'

Burning curiosity, a drive to always broaden his horizons, a way with people and an ever present smile. These few words perfectly describe documentary filmmaker Nicholas Dimancescu

Young Mind

Dan Dimancescu ᛫ ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 53'

Coming of age

The transition from childhood to adulthood is rarely easy, as teenagers do not have the maturity to distinguish between their true desires and dreams and what family and society think should be their desires and dreams. The protagonists of the Coming of Age sidebar have a tough time dealing with various pressures and learning how to be themselves. These films explore the often confusing and absurd demands of our society regarding its youngest and most fragile members.

Encouraged by a grandmother who gave up her dream of becoming a folk singer, Daiana, a teenager from a small Romanian village, dreams of making a career on the stage herself

Daiana

Ozana Nicolau ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 25'

A coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their hometown hit hard by decades of recession.

Minding the Gap

Bing Liu ᛫ USA ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 98'

Trying to meet the standards of masculinity imposed on them by society while dealing with all the other insecurities inherent to coming of age can be a tough challenge for teenage boys

Taurunum Boy

Jelena Maksimović ᛫ Serbia ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 70'

Seeking the HOME?

What can still be regarded as "home" nowadays? It is possible that the answers have never been as numerous or varied as today. The films in the Seeking the Home sidebar give us insight into the troubled relationship their protagonists have with the notion of belonging to a place or culture.

On an swampy land along the Danube, somewhere between Croatia or Serbia, Czech libertarian Vít Jedlička is trying to start a new country

Call Him President

Marie-Emma Paoli ᛫ UK ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 30'

Ali, Mahmoud and Mohamed are three Egyptian men who lived in Italy without documents for almost ten years

It Was Tomorrow

Alexandra D'Onofrio ᛫ Italy, UK ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 52'

Facing the political oppression of today’s Russia, even the most fervent and aggressive activists see their energy to fight back fading

My Voina

Zora Čápová ᛫ Czech Republic ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 29'

Abstract phantoms of trucks cross the screen - we see them moving as bands of light across the top edge the frame. Infrared images of a refugee camp near the French city of Calais

Password: Fajara

Sévérine Sajous, Patricia Sánchez Mora ᛫ Spain ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 17'

Against the ODDS

Experience tells that moving against the current is more difficult than having it at our backs, pushing us in its direction. Even so, there are people who choose to go against the current, acknowledging the risks raised by their choice, and tear their own path into the world. The Against the Current sidebar is a series of portraits of these people who are ready to fight the world in order to achieve their goals.

In a run-down training hall on the outskirts of Bucharest, a veteran boxing coach works to mold the next junior boxing champions out of underprivileged children.

Caisa

Alexandru Mavrodineanu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 81'

A clever depiction of neo-colonialism, Fitzcarraldo Syndrome is an impressive documentary in how subtly and clearly it tackles the issue of cultural appropriation as facilitated by tourism, globalization and the West’s nostalgia for the past

Fitzcarraldo Syndrome

Laura Morales ᛫ Switzerland ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 28'

Megaphone is an astute case study of a young democracy struggling internally and facing the uncertain future of Europe

Megaphone

Ruxandra Gubernat, Henry Rammelt ᛫ Germany, Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 56'

A life spent making a living is no living at all for Monyo and Baba, a gifted couple of musicians incessantly on the move.

Monyo+ Baba

Ibolya Simó ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 52'

Anders, un profesor danez în vârstă de 28 ani, optează pentru un post în Groenlanda și încearcă să depășească toate greutățile cu care se confruntă petrecând un an acolo.

Polar Year

Samuel Collardey ᛫ France ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 96'

TimeBox

Nora Agapi ᛫ ᛫ N/A ᛫ 68'

Mature View

Focused on the elderly figure willing to share knowledge and experience with younger generations, the Mature View sidebar presents three films in which the main protagonists are all nonagenarians. They have lived their lives at the crossroads between the small, personal history, and the big, national history, which automatically turns them into figures of wisdom. Their successes and their mistakes, their moments of happiness and moments of sorrow have a universal appeal.

Life as seen through the eyes of a large family, gathered to celebrate its patriarch’s anniversary. Ioan Colţea, who now turns 91, lives in a quiet village in the mountains.

Anniversary

Claudiu Mitcu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 54'

Licu, a Romanian Story is a metaphor on our own condition and ephemerality, a lesson of life but also a century of survival.

Licu, a Romanian Story

Ana Dumitrescu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 86'

In the fall of 1940, the family of László Nussbaum, a young man from the Romanian town of Turda, moved to the city of Cluj, which had just become part of Hungary along with Northern Transylvania.

Nussbaum 95736

Csibi László ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 51'

Rites of Passage

Focusing on transitional periods in a person’s life, the Rites of Passage sidebar highlights two kinds of transitions, wedding and death, by focusing on the rituals involved. Quintessentially human, these are of paramount importance in a person’s life and universally experienced. Nevertheless, the selected documentaries underline traits specific to local cultures and practices specific to each of these cultures.

An unsentimental look at the cold and formal process of disposing of the remnants of life, Dust is a visual exploration of what happens after the death of a person with no relatives

Dust

Jakub Radej ᛫ Poland ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 25'

Every year in a small community in the Banat region, people prepare for the start of Easter lent. They will be all attending a mockup wedding for which the men dress up and play all the roles of the wedding party, including the bride.

Mockup Wedding

Mihai Andrei Leaha ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 41'

The director’s grandmother, still mourning the loss of her late husband, a professional eulogist, who has been attending funerals since she was a child, and a man working at a crematorium contemplate the complexities of death

The End

Vid Hajnšek ᛫ Slovenia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 74'

Most of the year, the Oaş county is deserted of its people. The county becomes full of life only in August, when the locals who live and work abroad come back home for a few weeks.

Wedding of the Year

József Bán ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 60'

In a larger view

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” goes a quote by Rumi that best encompasses the thrilling and deeply insightful sidebar In a Larger View. Through masterful direction, these documentaries apparently focus on a very specific character or setting, only to unearth complex nuances of much deeper issues. By watching these films, our perception of a particular topic is changed by the wider perspective.

When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks and sunburned denizens.

I Am Another You

Nanfu Wang ᛫ USA ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 82'

The sea is the largest museum of human history. In its depths it collects remnants of past eras, trinkets and jewelry, ships and lives

Maregrave

Justine Cappelle ᛫ Belgium ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 25'

The deeply poetic hybrid documentary Our Song to War observes the Afro-Colombian city of Bojaya, as it reconciles with its war riddled past

Our Song to War

Juanita Onzaga ᛫ Belgium, France ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 14'

Observing the travelers of a train on a three-day journey across Tanzania, Tanzania Transit allows us to have a subtle and artful glimpse on the whole Tanzanian society itself.

Tanzania Transit

Jeroen van Velzen ᛫ Netherlands ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 75'

Butterfly Effect

Highlighting the connection between cause and effect, The Butterfly Effect sidebar draws its inspiration from the chaos theory – "the butterfly effect" – which states that one small change in one space can lead to significant consequences. Films shown in this sidebar underline the complex relationships between people and the environments they live in, but also the relationship between objects and spaces.

Josefa, Pepe, Carmen, Carmela, Manuel, Ángeles, Juan, Loli, Susana and Pepita. A collective portrait of an involuntary community, created because of business needs

Because of Salt

Nicolas Cardozo Basteiro ᛫ Spain ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 23'

In Quebec City, the capital of the Canadian French-speaking province, random, everyday objects that are found in antique shops or specialized stores stand apart from mass products, celebrating local culture and identity

If Objects Could Speak

Luiza Pârvu, Toma Peiu ᛫ Canada, Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 27'

Early morning on a beach in Split. Young people continue to have fun on their way home after a night of partying. At the same time, the older population starts to converge on the beach, leading to a surreal mismatch between the two groups of people

They just come and go

Boris Poljak ᛫ Croatia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 20'

LUX Films

Every year since 2007, the European Parliament Lux Film Prize has shone a spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, as a mass cultural medium, is an ideal platform for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. The films selected for the Lux Film Prize competition raise awareness about some of today’s main social and political issues and, as a result, help to build a stronger European identity. By illustrating the diversity of European traditions and shedding light on the process of European integration, they help celebrate the universal reach of European values.

Rike - 40, a doctor from Europe - embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident and determined. Leaving behind her everyday life as an emergency doctor, she fulfils a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat

Styx

Wolfgang Fischer ᛫ Austria, Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 94'

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years

The Other Side of Everything

Mila Turajlić ᛫ France, Qatar, Serbia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 104'

Fifty-year-old Halla is a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry

Woman at war

Benedikt Erlingsson ᛫ France, Iceland, Ukraine ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 101'

On the Road to Europe

From the very first shot it becomes obvious we are witnessing a unique document on the mood of a nation shortly after the bloody days of the 1989 Romanian Revolution.

After the Revolution

Lauren?iu Calciu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2010 ᛫ 83'

The 1990s were troubled years in Romania’s recent history, a period of confusion and anxiety. The status quo of the communist regime had ceased to function.

Balkan Champion

Réka Kincses ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2006 ᛫ 86'

On the eve of turning 30, Marek and Piotrek, two Polish friends, both unemployed, contemplate their pitiful condition. All their attempts at finding jobs in their home town have failed miserably.

Bar at the Victoria Station

Dawid Leszek ᛫ Poland ᛫ 2003 ᛫ 56'

A thoroughly documented account of the early days of gay parades on in countries of the ex-Soviet block takes us back in 2005 to the Latvian capital Riga at the unprecedented Pride Parade, when lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders marched through the city under the incredulous eyes of the residents.

[email protected]

Kaspars Goba ᛫ Latvia ᛫ 2010 ᛫ 70'

Made at a time when the Yugoslav War was barely over, the film offers a rare first-hand insight into the early days of post-conflict social climate in the ex-Yugoslavian countries

Last Yugoslavian Football Team

Vuk Janic ᛫ Netherlands ᛫ 2000 ᛫ 83'

The filmmaker's father dies in a hospital in Serbia, where he got himself admitted without the knowledge of anyone in his family.

Letter to Dad

Srdjan Keca ᛫ UK, Serbia ᛫ 2011 ᛫ 48'

The film was shot in the small town Efremov, where Pasternak’s camera identified a variety of characters whose stories are brought together to construct a portrait of Russia of those years

My Lost Russia

᛫ France ᛫ 2004 ᛫ 52'

Shielded by the surrounding mountains, there is a village where houses are centuries-old and people treasure the land and their heritage. But the mountains also shield something else: tons and tons of gold and silver-bearing ores, which make the area very appealing to international mining companies

New Eldorado

Tibor Kocsis ᛫ Hungary ᛫ 2004 ᛫ 76'

Our Street follows the story of an average working-class family in the Polish city Lodz. For generations they had lived on the same street and worked in the factory across the road

Our Street

Marcin Latallo ᛫ France ᛫ 2006 ᛫ 52'

Officially, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) does not exist. Nevertheless, it has a constitution, a flag, and a national anthem.

PMR

Meelis Muhu, Kristina Norman ᛫ Estonia ᛫ 2014 ᛫ 81'

Events

Official Opening Ceremony

᛫ 15 October , 19:00 ᛫ THALIA

The Official opening of the 25th Edition of Astra Film Festival.

 

Invitation-Only Event.

 

The event is followed up by the screening of Transalpina - The Road of Kings and the concert of the british band The Tiger Lillies.

 

Transalpina – The Road of Kings

Dumitru Budrala ᛫ 15 October , 19:30 ᛫ THALIA

Invitation-only screening as part of the  Opening Ceremony. For the other screenings of this film please check the Festival's Programme.

 

With its breathtaking beauty, Transalpina is more than a spectacular roadway serpentining across the mountain. The age of the road connecting Transylvania with Walachia is counted in thousands of years. Throughout history, people have forgotten it more than once, but for the shepherds who have never stopped walking it with their flocks despite the borders set by transient authorities.

The film invites the viewer to a multilayered journey: along a unique road associated with the names of three kings, on mysterious underground paths once walked by the Dacian's god Zamolxis, and up to the sky, where things that happened in the times of the mythical giants gave mountain peaks and valleys the names they still carry today. The author morphs his life-time fascination with the hidden stories of the streams, glacial lakes, alpine crests, vales and mysterious caves into an exquisite piece of filmmaking, stepping beyond dates and facts to reveal the very spirit of the place.

Concert: The Tiger Lillies

᛫ 15 October , 21:00 ᛫ THALIA

The extravagant trio Tiger Lillies will be opening the 25th edition of Astra Film Festival with an established and avant-garde style combining punk, gypsy music and Berlin cabaret.

The musical prowess of Martyn Jaques (voice, accordion, piano), Adrian Stout (bass, theremin, saw) and Jonas Golland (drums, percussion) will unveil a bizarre and strange world where beauty flows from crude dark humor, unfiltered sadness and happiness.

Mamma Mia – Motherhood today

16, 17, 19, 20 October ᛫ ᛫ THALIA, AULA MAGNA

Usually motherhood is thought of only in the best of terms. A mother’s love, dedication and sacrifice are rarely questioned, but what role does a mother actually play? What is the meaning of motherhood.

The films from this thematic sidebar come with a different approach. What happens when mothers are absent from their children’s lives, or when, for one reason or another, they can’t fulfil their role as a mother? Is the time we spend with our mother enough for us to truly know her? Should the children accuse their mothers for the failures they encounter in their adult lives? Most of the films in this sidebar present the portraits of mothers that find this role specifically difficult.

 

Events and discussions:

 

16 Oct, 19:00 – Film screening: Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle / Guest: Psychologist Oana Vasiu

 

17 Oct, 18:00 - Film screening:  Solving My Mother / Guest: Psychologist Oana Vasiu

 

19 Oct, 17:00 - Film screening:  The Night / Guest: Psychologist Oana Vasiu

 

20 oct 15:30 - Film screening: Exit / Guest: Psychologist Oana Vasiu

 

      - Cosmin Bumbuț and Elena Stancu present their new project: “The Residents”

 

Psychologist Oana Vasiu specializes in counselling and analytical psychology. She has done volunteer work with children with various disorders and disabilities, with adults belonging to disadvantaged groups, and with parents who lost one or more children. She is a founding member of the Association ''Mâini unite'' (Linked Hands) in Sibiu. She has conducted the parental counselling  series of trainings  ''Let's Talk About Kids'' and is an active participant in the other projects of the Association. 

Discussion Panel with Ally Derks

᛫ 17 October , 11:00 ᛫ THALIA - Glass Room

Operating on the festival circuit

 

With the proliferation of film festivals around the world and the growth of the documentary festival market, it has become quite an intricate process for filmmakers to know what avenues to pursue. With over 30 years of working on film festivals, Ally Derks, former director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will share some stories and know-how about the festival circuit.

Far Right Near Us – Discussion Panel

Michael Stewart & Radu Umbres ᛫ 17 October , 17:30 ᛫ Astra Film Cinema

In the context of the waves of migrants from Syria and other Islamic states entering Europe, many European countries, regardless of their level of development, are confronted with clear forms of racism and discrimination. The line between nationalism and patriotism, on the one hand, and on the other hand between the radical neo-Nazism, and fascist and anti-refugees movements is getting harder to distinguish in the present socio-political context. How justified is a radical stand against refugees, from shutting the borders to hiding behind a mask or a call to arms for a defense army? How far do tolerance and faith go and where does discrimination start?

The authors of the films from the Far Right Near Us thematic sidebar try to help us discover the role that the lack of information and guidance can play among the young. Or how easy it is to manipulate the masses. These films also help us find a balance between patriotism and aggressive nationalism.

Online War – Panel Discussion

᛫ 18 October , 19:50 ᛫ AULA MAGNA

It seems our lives no longer belong to us in the virtual space, where we may continually be the target of a Big Brother watching us from above. As soon as we release something into the infinite Internet, through a simple mouse click, we can no longer control the consequences. Regardless if this content draws unexpected reactions from the readers or, on the contrary, an invisible moderator blocks the apparition of that respective message in the online space. An extreme case finds this Big Brother freed from the online space and closely overseeing the daily lives of specific individuals.

 

Events and discussions:

 

Film screening: The Cleaners and Find Fix Finish followed by Discussion Panel moderated by Cristiana Andrei

 

Guests: Ciprian Ciocan  (Fundația Comunitară)

 

        Alex Dona (Times New Roman)

Documentary theater – Romanian Diary: Constanța

Carmen Lidia Vidu ᛫ 18 October , 20:00 ᛫ THALIA

The Culture is in danger of becoming irrelevant for the community.

The danger of vanity lurks around us and drives us towards isolation.

We no longer listen to anything but the opinions which confirm ours.

”Romanian Journal. Constanța” desires to be an invitation to dialogue.

 

Carmen Lidia Vidu succeeds one of the most impressive performances that the Romanian Theater has given in recent years. "Romanian Diary. Constanța" is simply not to be missed!

Concert Silent Strike & Dan Basu (VJ)

᛫ 18 October , 21:00 ᛫ DOME

Discussion Panel with Simon Kilmurry

᛫ 19 October , 12:00 ᛫ THALIA - Glass Room

Documentary production and distribution in the US

 

Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) will discuss the possibilities for European documentary filmmakers to access the US market. Drawing from his 16 years of experience as executive producer for POV, the PBS long-running showcase of documentary cinema, and his work at IDA, Simon will share from his knowledge in both production and promotion of documentary filmmaking in the United States.

Țibănești Journal

Mihai Bodea-Tatulea ᛫ 19 October , 14:00 ᛫ HABITUS

The Manor in the Țibănești village was the home of Petre P. Carp, culture critic and statesman, Romania’s  Prime Minister during the First World War. In the night from March 2nd to March 3rd 1949 the Manor was confiscated by the state, while the rightful owner was evicted and received forced domicile in Roman, in the county of Bacău. Following the change of the political regime in 1990 the architect Șerban Sturdza, Petre P. Carp’s descendant, started the legal action for recovering the estate which rightfully belongs to his family. At that time the Manor was still well preserved, functioning as a school and later as a children’s center for vocational training (“Palatul Copiilor”). Once the legal proceedings started the local administration closed down the institution, and the building started to get vandalized and materials inside were stolen. During the same period the walls were completely clad in steel-reinforced concrete following a consolidation project initiated by the local administration.

In 2007 Șerban Sturdza set up a summer school in Țibănești with the aim of rehabilitating the manor and giving back to the estate its economic and a social life. This is how the iron workshop was born. Every year a different master blacksmith from the French organization of craftsmen “Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France” comes and produces the art materials necessary to the restoration work. The workshop also hosts an elective ironwork course for the students at the local high-school.

 

The documentation materials recorded between 2013 and 2017 include an archive containing videos, photos, sound, architectural plans and a virtual tour capturing the evolution of the built area, all of them arranged in the shape of an interactive application, a media library. The video archive records aspects of day-to-day life in Țibănești, activities from the summer school and the way the rehabilitation project of the manor was conceived and organized.

The Film Collector

Alexandru Solomon ᛫ 19 October , 16:00 ᛫ THALIA

To collect means to create a world, a universe through a personal filter. In The Film Collector program we're talking about who and how watches and collects films today. What sort of movie collections does Alexandru Solomon have personally, as a director, a film producer and director of the One World Romania Festival and last but not least as a father?

 

The event will be held in Romanian and moderated by journalist Mihaela Dedeoglu, RFI.

They went into the wide world – The Romanian Diaspora

Cristian Tudor Popescu & Emil Hurezeanu ᛫ 19 October , 19:30 ᛫ THALIA

Românul nu se mai simte azi acasă în țara lui... Sau cine știe ce alte resorturi stau la baza deciziei a tot mai mulți de a-și lua lumea în cap. Statisticile arată că, din 2007 până în 2017 au plecat din ţară 3,4 milioane de români, aproximativ 17% din populaţie. România ocupă astfel locul doi mondial la emigraţie, după Siria. Secondăm în clasament o țară decimată de război și de atacurile Statului Islamic...

Dincolo de răspunsul la întrebarea “ce-i pune pe fugă pe români din propria lor țară”, e important să înțelegem care este viitorul diasporei românești – o adevărată țară de afară. Cât de mare a fost șocul cultural pe care l-au simțit românii când s-au văzut înstrăinați într-o altă cultură, ce se va întămpla dacă ei sau copiii lor se vor întoarce cândva în România. Se simt ei undeva “acasă”? Aici sau acolo?

Jurnalistul Cristian Tudor Popescu și diplomatul Emil Hurezeanu analizează în 60 de minute motivele care îi fac pe români să plece afară, după proiecția documentarului lui József Bán, “Nunta anului”. În majoritatea anului Ţara Oaşului e depopulată și se umple de viaţă numai în august, când oamenii se întorc din străinătate pentru câteva săptămâni. În această perioadă în fiecare sat din zonă care te uimește cu vilele lui de lux, în fiecare zi se ţin chiar şi mai multe nunți și toată regiunea se transformă într-o nuntă imensă. Nunta românilor întorși acasă pentru câteva zile ca să petreacă alături de cei dragi.

 

Evenimentul este precedat de proiecția filmului Nunta anului

“Acolo strâng orice ban şi tot ce fac trimit acasă, ca să-şi facă casă acasă. Şi după aia nu-şi mai găsesc locul, nu-s acasă nici acolo, nu-s acasă nici aici.” “Nunta anului” este primul documentar de lungmetraj al regizorului József Bán. Un documentar despre românii plecați la muncă dar care nu s-au mai întors sau vin doar la evenimentele importante de familie. În majoritatea anului Ţara Oaşului este aproape depopulate dar se umple de viaţă în august, când oamenii se întorc din străinătate pentru câteva săptămâni. În această perioadă în fiecare sat, în fiecare zi se ţin chiar şi mai multe nunți, toată regiunea se transformă într-o nuntă imensă. Vorbim despre ce îi pune pe români pe fugă și despre ce îi ține afară cu jurnliștii Cristian Tudor Popescu și Emil Hurezeanu, la evenimentul “Și-or luat lumea în cap! – Diaspora românească:”, vinery, 19 octombrie, începând cu ora 19:30, la sala Thalia, după proiecția filmului “Nunta anului”.

The Other Side of Everything & Discussion Panel

LUX Film Prize ᛫ 19 October , 20:30 ᛫ THALIA

Every year since 2007, the European Parliament Lux Film Prize has shone a spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, as a mass cultural medium, is an ideal platform for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.

 

 The films selected for the Lux Film Prize competition raise awareness about some of today’s main social and political issues and, as a result, help to build a stronger European identity. By illustrating the diversity of European traditions and shedding light on the process of European integration, they help celebrate the universal reach of European values.

 

Events and discussions:

 

The screening of the film The Other Side of Everything will be followed up by a discussion on current European issues reflected in LUX Films.

 

Moderator: Bogdan Iancu (Antropologist)

 

Guests: Ada Solomon (Producer), Adina Popescu (filmmaker), Andrei Crăciun (Jurnalist) and Elena Stănescu (European Parliament Liaison Office).

 

Mountain Mafia: The Mushroom Pimps

Mircea Barbu ᛫ 20 October , 10:00 ᛫ THALIA

Every year, once the mushrooms and wild berries ripen, hundreds of roma gypsi children flock to the mountains surrounding Cluj in search for these much-prized resources. Once picked, the mushrooms end up in sizzling-hot plates of luxury Italian restaurants or supermarkets. All of this is happening while the Romanian authorities turn a blind eye to children forced labour conditions and the economical fraud surrounding this phenomenon. 

 

This film is a good opportunity to raise awarness of the series of ongoing abuses mounting to true modern slavery conditions that have been going on for decades in Romania. 

 

The documentary was directed by Mircea Barbu with support form NCN and Corriere della Sera.  

Producer: Mirona Olteanu

Editor: Daniela Groze

Cinematographer: Filip Stamatin

Music: Ruben Cap

Scriptwriter: Mircea Barbu

Production company: Pagina Ciudatului

 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the journalist, editor and the activists who drew the attention on this issue.

Award Ceremony

᛫ 20 October , 19:00 ᛫ THALIA

The Award Ceremony of the 25th Edition of Astra Film Festival.

 

Invitation-Only Event.

“My First Documentary” Workshop Shorts

᛫ 21 October , 17:00 ᛫ THALIA

Primul meu film documentar - ediția 16, Sibiu 2018 Organizat de Astra Film în colaborare cu Asociația Vira și Colegiul Național Gheorghe Lazăr din Sibiu, atelierul „Primul meu film documentar, ediția 16” a constat într-o serie de cursuri practice destinate formării de abilităţi în domeniul cercetării de teren, documentării sociale, precum și în domeniul vizualului (tehnici și metode de filmat, editat și fotografiat).

 

Perioada de desfășurare a atelierului: mai-iulie 2018

Participanți: Maria-Isabela Moraru, Alexia-Nicole Dicu, Robert Hodorogea, Daniela Cucu, Ana-Paula Luca, Ștefania Prode, Larisa Lomotă, Oana Miruna Balaci, Diana Gușe – Colegiul Naţional „Gheorghe Lazăr”, Sibiu; Alexandru Olăreanu - Colegiul Național „Samuel von Brukenthal”, Sibiu.

Echipa Vira: Matei Budeș, Bogdan Pălici (coordonatori), Alexandra Diaconu, Laura Săvuțiu (coordonatori montaj), Vladimir Gurgu (postproducție).

 

Proiecte:

InValid un film de Ștefania Prode și Robert Hodorogea

Acum este rândul meu un film de Diana Gușe

Fata cu ochi negri un film de Larisa Lomotă și Ana-Paula Luca

Acasă în Sibiu un film de Alexandru Olăreanu și Robert Hodorogea

Am obținut autonomie un film de Maria-Isabela Moraru și Alexia-Nicole Dicu

Arăt eu a persoană care are prieteni? un film de Daniela Cucu

Îmi place, dar nu am timp un film de Oana Miruna Balaci

Alături de mine un film de Larisa Lomotă

COMPETITION FILMS

International 2018

When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks and sunburned denizens.

I Am Another You

Nanfu Wang ᛫ USA ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 82'

A coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their hometown hit hard by decades of recession.

Minding the Gap

Bing Liu ᛫ USA ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 98'

Social networks allow refugees to follow the actions and crimes happening in their countries in real time.

Sand and Blood

Matthias Krepp, Angelika Spangel ᛫ Austria ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

Raitis Ozols is a computer programmer and mathematician. In his private life, however, things seldom work out with much mathematical precision. His relationship with his mother Silvija is particularly complicated.

Solving My Mother

Ieva Ozolina ᛫ Latvia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 104'

Observing the travelers of a train on a three-day journey across Tanzania, Tanzania Transit allows us to have a subtle and artful glimpse on the whole Tanzanian society itself.

Tanzania Transit

Jeroen van Velzen ᛫ Netherlands ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 75'

An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father

The Image You Missed

Donal Foreman ᛫ France, Ireland, USA ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 73'

The Arhuacos are the guardians of the forest and the ice of Colombia's highest mountain - the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. They draw from this unique environment a sustained and singular spirituality.

Thinking like a Mountain

Alexander Hick ᛫ Colombia, Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 93'

Tekoa is a Jewish settlement on the West Bank. None of the residents want to speak to the media. From the moment director Iris Zaki arrives from Tel Aviv, tension fills the air.

Unsettling

Iris Zaki ᛫ Israel, UK ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 70'

Vincenzo has always led a marginal existence. He is now 42 and has not seen his daughter, Yvonne, for a long time.

Yvonne

Tommaso Perfetti ᛫ France, Italy ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 60'

Romania 2018

Life as seen through the eyes of a large family, gathered to celebrate its patriarch’s anniversary. Ioan Colţea, who now turns 91, lives in a quiet village in the mountains.

Anniversary

Claudiu Mitcu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 54'

In a run-down training hall on the outskirts of Bucharest, a veteran boxing coach works to mold the next junior boxing champions out of underprivileged children.

Caisa

Alexandru Mavrodineanu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 81'

People living in a Dacian village, a group of Dacian mystics, the administrator of Sarmizegetusa Regia, the UNESCO site, and participants in Dacology congresses. They are all united by their passion for the Dacians - they are also divided by their perspective on this part of history that is increasingly popular in Romania...

Free Dacians

Andrei Gorgan, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 61'

Licu, a Romanian Story is a metaphor on our own condition and ephemerality, a lesson of life but also a century of survival.

Licu, a Romanian Story

Ana Dumitrescu ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 86'

Megaphone is an astute case study of a young democracy struggling internally and facing the uncertain future of Europe

Megaphone

Ruxandra Gubernat, Henry Rammelt ᛫ Germany, Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 56'

Every year in a small community in the Banat region, people prepare for the start of Easter lent. They will be all attending a mockup wedding for which the men dress up and play all the roles of the wedding party, including the bride.

Mockup Wedding

Mihai Andrei Leaha ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 41'

A life spent making a living is no living at all for Monyo and Baba, a gifted couple of musicians incessantly on the move.

Monyo+ Baba

Ibolya Simó ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 52'

In the fall of 1940, the family of László Nussbaum, a young man from the Romanian town of Turda, moved to the city of Cluj, which had just become part of Hungary along with Northern Transylvania.

Nussbaum 95736

Csibi László ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 51'

Most of the year, the Oaş county is deserted of its people. The county becomes full of life only in August, when the locals who live and work abroad come back home for a few weeks.

Wedding of the Year

József Bán ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 60'

Docschool 2018

On an swampy land along the Danube, somewhere between Croatia or Serbia, Czech libertarian Vít Jedlička is trying to start a new country

Call Him President

Marie-Emma Paoli ᛫ UK ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 30'

Encouraged by a grandmother who gave up her dream of becoming a folk singer, Daiana, a teenager from a small Romanian village, dreams of making a career on the stage herself

Daiana

Ozana Nicolau ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 25'

Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sarah became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband.

Exit

Katharina Woll ᛫ Germany, Israel ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 23'

A clever depiction of neo-colonialism, Fitzcarraldo Syndrome is an impressive documentary in how subtly and clearly it tackles the issue of cultural appropriation as facilitated by tourism, globalization and the West’s nostalgia for the past

Fitzcarraldo Syndrome

Laura Morales ᛫ Switzerland ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 28'

A singular tattoo parlour in Jerusalem, two charismatic free spirited tattoo artists and a bunch of stories of Jerusalemites from all walks of life converge beautifully into an intricate cinematic design bound to remain tattooed on our brain

Ink of Yam

Tom Fröhlich ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 75'

Ali, Mahmoud and Mohamed are three Egyptian men who lived in Italy without documents for almost ten years

It Was Tomorrow

Alexandra D'Onofrio ᛫ Italy, UK ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 52'

The sea is the largest museum of human history. In its depths it collects remnants of past eras, trinkets and jewelry, ships and lives

Maregrave

Justine Cappelle ᛫ Belgium ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 25'

Three generations of women live in an isolated village in the Danube Delta.

Marie

Leti?ia Popa ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 25'

Meuthen's Party is a portrait of a provincial politician who doesn‘t shy away from spreading racist sentiments with a smile on his face

Meuthen's Party

Marc Eberhardt ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 93'

An enthralling journey through almost eight decades reveals a woman's stubborn determination to reveal to the world the life story and the spectacular artistic legacy of her father, Imre Kinszki, a forgotten master of Hungarian photography, killed in a Nazi concentration camp

My father, Imre

Andreea ?tiliuc ᛫ Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 38'

Facing the political oppression of today’s Russia, even the most fervent and aggressive activists see their energy to fight back fading

My Voina

Zora Čápová ᛫ Czech Republic ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 29'

Ramallah: a filmmaker and her collaborator review footage and discuss how to put together a documentary about Palestinian culture

Remnants of a Conversation

Jules Leano ᛫ UK ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 16'

Set in Canada, where many churches have been repurposed into clubs, apartment buildings or multimedia spaces, a vicar is relieved of his duties due to accusations of poor management

Ship of Gold

Siham Hinawi ᛫ Belgium, Canada ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 25'

The director’s grandmother, still mourning the loss of her late husband, a professional eulogist, who has been attending funerals since she was a child, and a man working at a crematorium contemplate the complexities of death

The End

Vid Hajnšek ᛫ Slovenia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 74'

A deeply personal journey amongst precepts of the catholic Church, voodoo beliefs and the national lottery in quest of the mysterious causes of the "illness of the soul" touching the inhabitants of Haiti, the paradisiacal "Pearl of the Antilles"

The sun will rise

Gessica Généus ᛫ France, Haiti ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 51'

Shorts 2018

Confused about his Jew-Arab origin, Tim can no longer take refuge in the imaginary cartoon world he has built for himself as a child. His decision to meet his Arab dad in the flesh leads to an emotional nosedive

5 Years After the War

Samuel Albaric, Ulysse Lefort, Martin Wiklund ᛫ France ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 17'

Josefa, Pepe, Carmen, Carmela, Manuel, Ángeles, Juan, Loli, Susana and Pepita. A collective portrait of an involuntary community, created because of business needs

Because of Salt

Nicolas Cardozo Basteiro ᛫ Spain ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 23'

An unsentimental look at the cold and formal process of disposing of the remnants of life, Dust is a visual exploration of what happens after the death of a person with no relatives

Dust

Jakub Radej ᛫ Poland ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 25'

My son Carlos has been just born. He is the sweetest baby, but his grandmother does not like that he was born with a darker skin.

Film for Carlos

Renato Borrayo Serrano ᛫ Russia, Guatemala ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 31'

In Quebec City, the capital of the Canadian French-speaking province, random, everyday objects that are found in antique shops or specialized stores stand apart from mass products, celebrating local culture and identity

If Objects Could Speak

Luiza Pârvu, Toma Peiu ᛫ Canada, Romania ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 27'

Under the guise of a hilarious behind the scenes shot on the set of an amateurishly made melodrama about the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, we are prompted to look in all seriousness at instances when people are persecuted for no other reason than their origin

If Only There Were Peace

Carmine Grimaldi, Deniz Tortum ᛫ Turkey ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 30'

The mother is feeding great tits from the window of the high-rise building in Mariupol, Ukraine, and grows queen apples in her summerhouse near the battle line

Ma

Maria Stoianova ᛫ Ukraine ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 17'

After five months of the suffocating siege and daily bombings of the city of Aleppo, a group of children take it upon themselves to start painting colors in their city as a game in order to forget their daily struggles

One Day in Aleppo

Ali Al Ibrahim ᛫ Sweden, Syria ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 24'

The deeply poetic hybrid documentary Our Song to War observes the Afro-Colombian city of Bojaya, as it reconciles with its war riddled past

Our Song to War

Juanita Onzaga ᛫ Belgium, France ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 14'

Abstract phantoms of trucks cross the screen - we see them moving as bands of light across the top edge the frame. Infrared images of a refugee camp near the French city of Calais

Password: Fajara

Sévérine Sajous, Patricia Sánchez Mora ᛫ Spain ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 17'

Early morning on a beach in Split. Young people continue to have fun on their way home after a night of partying. At the same time, the older population starts to converge on the beach, leading to a surreal mismatch between the two groups of people

They just come and go

Boris Poljak ᛫ Croatia ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 20'

Valea Jiului, a poor mining area in Romania. The locals leave to work abroad and, as a consequence to their search for a better life, their children are left behind.

Valea Jiului - Notes

Alexandra Gulea ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 13'

Central & Eastern Europe 2018

Easy Lessons is the poetic journey of Kafiya, a beautiful girl who on the brink of adulthood breaks up with everything she grew up with in Somalia.

Easy Lessons

Dorottya Zurbó ᛫ Hungary ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 78'

A Moldovan, a Transnistrian and a Russian soldier are standing guard at the riverbank. But where is the enemy?

Frozen Conflict

Steffi Wurster ᛫ Germany ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 60'

Zdzislaw Misiak, known as Dzidek, is the retired king of amusement parks. After his daughter's death, his 7-year-old grandson Hugo comes to live with him in one of the park's barracks.

Hugo

Wojciech Klimala ᛫ Poland ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 80'

Although many decades have since passed, Love is Potatoes touches on a subject still very painful in the region, life under Stalin’s regime

Love Is Potatoes

Aliona van der Horst ᛫ Netherlands ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new president, Vladimir Putin.

Putin's Witnesses

Vitaly Mansky ᛫ Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 102'

In the winter of 1991, a 12-year-old Serbian girl was murdered in Zagreb. 25 years later director Oliver Frljić is working on a theatre play about the case

Srbenka

Nebojsa Slijepcevic ᛫ Croatia ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 75'

Trying to meet the standards of masculinity imposed on them by society while dealing with all the other insecurities inherent to coming of age can be a tough challenge for teenage boys

Taurunum Boy

Jelena Maksimović ᛫ Serbia ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 70'

Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the eastern part of Ukraine, a warzone that often echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. While many have already left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Simon Lereng Wilmont ᛫ Denmark, Sweden ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 90'

At first glance Peter lives the life of a typical European teenager - he lives with his parents, has a pretty girlfriend, he got into college. However, his real life is elsewhere - as the head of a paramilitary group called Slovenskí Branci

When the War Comes

Jan Gebert ᛫ Croatia, Czech Republic ᛫ 2018 ᛫ 74'

Dalibor is an amateur horror maker, a composer of angry songs, a painter and a radical neo-Nazi. He is approaching 40, but he is still living with his mother

White World According to Daliborek

Vít Klusák ᛫ Czech Republic ᛫ 2017 ᛫ 107'